Coachella 2011: The Stones Throw/Brainfeeder party at the Oasis Beach Club
These party people at the Oasis Beach Club for the Brainfeeder and Stones Throw day party are something else. Two of Los Angeles' premiere beat labels, Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and Stones Throw, owned by Peanut Butter Wolf, highlight and employ some of the world's most acclaimed DJs.
But the bikinied and bronzed don't care. A girl walks up to Stones Throw art director Jeff Jank, general manager Egon, and Madlib and says, "Can you play something better than this elevator music?" Another says, "Play some stuff on the radio, please?"
There is no sense arguing with them. Work out this equation instead, comprising talent from both labels, and then some: Madlib, Dam-Funk, Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Peanut Butter Wolf and Matthewdavid. Oh, and Erykah Badu wandering the grounds like an esoteric empress. This cannot help but top anything occurring at the Polo Grounds. This is balance.
Samiyam played old Danny Brown cuts and grimy Roc Marciano, adding a layer of filth to the manicured sprawl of the grounds. Madlib spun never-before-heard Madvillain cuts. Dam-Funk spun crazy tunes while railing against all haters of modern funk.
Gaslamp Killer danced on the DJ riser, smacked his iPad MPC program, dropped the Beatles, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, Jimi Hendrix, Lloyd Banks, Busta Rhymes, and Charlie Sheen sound clips. Gaslamp summed things up well: "It's springtime in California and we are very blessed."
A plane takes off from the airplane hangar adjacent. It carries a banner: "Dance like no one is watching." Yup.
-- Jeff Weiss
Photo: DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, left, is the founder of Stones Throw Records, and label manager DJ Egon (Eothen Alapatt) is the label manager. Credit: Beatrice De Gea / Los Angeles Times